Classics Calendar for December 25

Charlie Chaplin and friend dine together in The Gold Rush

Here are today's milestones:

Born on this day:

Isaac Newton (1642; died March 31, 1727) English natural philosopher (scientist); Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica (Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy)

William Collins (1721; died June 12, 1759) English poet; Persian Eclogues

Cab Calloway (1907; died November 18, 1994) American performer; "Minnie the Moocher"; "Saint James Infirmary"; "Kicking the Gong Around"; "Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea"; Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award (2008)

Died on this day:

Han Yu (824; born 768) Chinese essayist and poet, first among the "Eight Great Prose Masters of the Tang and Song"

Karel Capek (1938; born January 9, 1890) Czech playwright and novelist; novel War with the Newts; play R.U.R. (Rossum's Universal Robots)

Charlie Chaplin (1977; born April 16, 1889) English filmmaker; The Gold Rush; City Lights; Modern Times; The Great Dictator; Honorary Academy Award (1972)

Ooka Shohei (1988; born March 6, 1909) Japanese novelist; Nobi (Fires on the Plain)

Bonus Classic:

The Mahabharata (4th century CE) one of the two greatest Indian epics; attributed to Vyasa (c. 200)

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